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December 2019 Archives

Adaptive cruise control, other safety tech distracts drivers

California drivers who use car safety systems are at a higher risk for distracted driving, according to a recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Researchers have pointed out which systems in particular raise the risk. To arrive at their conclusions, researchers surveyed vehicles like the Tesla Model S, Acura MDX, Honda Accord and Jeep Cherokee.

Understanding the three most common reasons for truck accidents

One of the most common reasons for injuries and fatalities in California is being involved in an automobile accident. Trucks are often viewed as a significant threat on the road, so it is wise to understand the dangers connected to them. After there has been a crash, this information can also be useful for accident investigations.

Assigning fault when sun glare contributes to a car accident

Unlike many other parts of the country where winter causes tough driving conditions, Riverside County does not get snow or ice regularly. Still, whether you drive in the morning or late afternoon, you may have to contend with sun glare. If the sun blinds another driver when you are behind the wheel, you may find yourself in the middle of a potentially serious car accident. 

Status of entrant in premises liability claims

Homeowners in California could be held liable for any injuries that an entrant incurs on their property. The success or failure of a premises liability claim may depend, though, on the status of that entrant. The courts will likely focus on whether the entrant was an invitee, licensee or trespasser.

Drowsy driving poses serious threat of car accidents

Despite the dangers posed by drowsy driving, around 45% of people in California and across the country say that they have had difficulty staying awake behind the wheel, according to one study from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Every year, around 328,000 car accidents are caused by drowsy driving, many of which are fatal. While drunk driving receives much more attention, the dangers of drowsy driving are similar. People who are too sleepy behind the wheel suffer decreased reaction time and impaired decision-making similar to the influence of alcohol.

Automobile technology that may prevent drunk driving

Many California residents have heard the sobering statistics about drunk driving related deaths. In the United States 30 people on average die every day in automobile accidents where the driver was drunk. This means approximately one person dies every 48 minutes.

Reducing the risk of car accidents

Each year, thousands of motorists are killed on roads in California and across the United States. The National Safety Council estimates that approximately 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes each year in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Most of these victims were occupants of passenger cars, SUVs or light trucks.

Study: opioids may play part in many fatal two-car crashes

With so many people in California and across the U.S. taking opioids for chronic or acute pain, it's not surprising that opioids would factor in some car accidents. In 1993, 2% of all drivers who were to blame for a crash tested positive for opioids, but in 2016, it was 7.1%. Now, a study published in JAMA Network Open has explored the possible connections between opioid use and the initiators of fatal two-car crashes.